BMW is expected to roll out the production version of its new 755ih hybrid luxury sedan later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With little to differentiate the new gas-saving 7 Series from the rest of the German automaker's thirstier 7s, it's not surprising that the vehicle has been spotted out an about on European roadways with absolutely zero camouflage. The only way to tell it's a hybrid are small HYBRID Erprobungsfahrzeug (HYBRID Vehicle Testing) badges.

Under the 755ih's long hood sits a version of BMW's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 powerplant that's been mated up to a new eight-speed automatic transmission with a 20kW pancake electric motor sandwiched in between. The AC motor can provide an impressive 155 lb-ft of torque to the already potent 400-plus horsepower gasoline mill.

BMW is claiming a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency from the mild hybrid over the standard 7 Series V8, along with a bit more performance and, naturally, a slightly higher price tag.

[Source: BMW Blog]

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